The Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School girls both had rough soccer preseasons as the local rivals combined for a very lackluster 4-6-3 record. Fortunately for both, preseason matches are behind them.
The West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season opened for both on Tuesday and each squad responded in kind with shutout victories.
The defending champion Gators rolled to an 8-0 victory over visiting Harker while the Knights posted a 2-0 triumph over nemesis King's Academy in Sunnyvale.
Sacred Heart Prep (1-0, 4-4) took care of business quickly as senior Tierna Davidson scored the first of her three goals in the ninth minute, off an assist from sophomore Mia Shenk. One minute later, junior McKenna Angotti made it 2-0 with an assisted goal. Junior Cameron Gordon then scored back-to-back goals in the 20th and 28th minutes, with Shenk providing an assist on the second.
Shenk got on the board in the 30th minute with assist from Davidson, who followed with a pair of goals three minutes apart before freshman Ingrid Corrigan wrapped up the scoring in the 37th minute with Shenk assisting.
Menlo also put things away in the first half against King's Academy as junior Claire McFarland took a volley from senior Zoe Enright in the 30th minute to give the Knights all the scoring they would need. Enright scored six minutes later on a free kick.
The Knights (2-2-3 overall) got outstanding play from seniors Enright and Daria Sprague, and junior Cleo King. After struggling in the opening 10 minutes, Menlo settled down and controlled a fast-paced midfield battle.
It was an "excellent performance overall throughout the team," Menlo coach Ross Ireland said.
In another WBAL Foothill Division match, Castilleja (0-1, 1-5-2) dropped a 2-1 division opener to host Notre Dame-San Jose at Watson Park in San Jose. Sarah Abramowitz tallied the Gators' goal on an assist from Julia Lodoen.
In WBAL Skyline Division play, host Priory (1-0, 3-1) handed Eastside Prep a 4-2 loss in Portola Valley. Freshman Stephanie Sanchez had two goals, including the game-winner that came in the 62nd minute. Brenda Uribe scored in the first half and assisted on both goals by Sanchez. Regina Sebestyen wrapped up Priory's scoring. Eastside's goals came from Tatiana Guardado and Ariana Aranda.
At Skyline College, Mercy-Burlingame defeated visiting Pinewood, 2-0. The Panthers dropped to 0-1 in league (4-5-1 overall).
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton battled host Burlingame to a 1-1 stalemate.
The Bears (1-1-1, 3-3-1) started out strong with a nicely deflected Burlingame corner kick by M-A sophomore keeper Breanna Sandoval, who went on to defend five corner attempts. Nine minutes into the match, M-A sophomore right defender Grace Brieger fed the ball to junior forward Katie Guenin, who passed to senior midfielder Sarah McLeod. McLeod crossed for an assist back to Guenin, who drilled the ball into the top of the net.
Strong and consistent midfield work by juniors Alissa McNerney, Margaret Child and Nicole Salz plus McLeod resulted in numerous shots on goal by M-A, but no additional scoring. A defensive miscue by M-A resulted in the single Burlingame goal at minute 24, which slipped pass Sandoval. The second half of the game was well-matched between both teams, with great defensive work by M-A juniors Ali Silviotti and Allison Galbraith plus senior Kasey Love.
In another PAL Bay Division match, Woodside defeated Aragon, 2-0, as Julienne Aguilera scored both goals with assists by Alex Augilis and Daisy Jimenez.